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John Bunny

John Bunny, born September 21, 1863 in New York City, United States – died April 26, 1915 in Brooklyn, New York, was the first comic star of the American silent film era.

John Bunny

John Bunny attended High School in Brooklyn and worked as a grocery clerk before joining a small minstrel show touring the East Coast. He went on to jobs as stage manager for various stock companies and performed in vaudeville before being drawn to the fledgling motion picture business. By 1910, Bunny was working at Vitagraph Studios where the happy-go-lucky, rotund man quickly became an international star of silent film comedies.

John Bunny had only been acting in films for five years when he passed away from Bright's disease and was interred in the Cemetery of the Evergreens in Brooklyn, New York. Because silent film had no language barrier, Bunny's popularity was such that his death was front-page news in Europe as well as the United States.

Following his passing, advances in technology and in stunts brought great new comedic stars to silent film that relegated John Bunny to the status of an almost completely-forgotten actor. However, John Bunny was eventually honored for his contribution to the motion picture industry with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1715 Vine Street in Hollywood.


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However, John Bunny was eventually honored for his contribution to the motion picture industry with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1715 Vine Street in Hollywood. He died on November 18, 2002, from a heart attack. Following his passing, advances in technology and in stunts brought great new comedic stars to silent film that relegated John Bunny to the status of an almost completely-forgotten actor. For his appearance as the abusive father of protagonist Nick Nolte in Affliction he received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1998. Because silent film had no language barrier, Bunny's popularity was such that his death was front-page news in Europe as well as the United States. He then appeared in movies such as Young Guns II (1990), The Nutty Professor (1996), The Cherokee Kid (a 1996 TV movie), and Maverick (1994). John Bunny had only been acting in films for five years when he passed away from Bright's disease and was interred in the Cemetery of the Evergreens in Brooklyn, New York. He claimed to have healed himself with pills containing sulfur, and returned to screen in the 1990s.

By 1910, Bunny was working at Vitagraph Studios where the happy-go-lucky, rotund man quickly became an international star of silent film comedies. Due to severe rheumatoid arthritis, he did not appear in any films during the 1980s. He went on to jobs as stage manager for various stock companies and performed in vaudeville before being drawn to the fledgling motion picture business. He was particularly fine in Peckinpah's Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973); and modified his "tough guy" image in satires and comedies, such as What Did You Do in the War Daddy? (1966), Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966), Waterhole # 3 (1967) and The President's Analyst (1967). John Bunny attended High School in Brooklyn and worked as a grocery clerk before joining a small minstrel show touring the East Coast. Born in Laurel, Nebraska, Coburn became famous as the "tough guy" in a variety of films, including the western The Magnificent Seven (1960), the World War Two POW drama The Great Escape (1963), the spy movie Our Man Flint (1966) and its sequel In Like Flint (1967), the Sergio Leone 'spaghetti western' Duck You Sucker aka A Fistful of Dynamite (1971), and Sam Peckinpah's war movie Cross of Iron (1977). John Bunny, born September 21, 1863 in New York City, United States – died April 26, 1915 in Brooklyn, New York, was the first comic star of the American silent film era. James Coburn (August 31, 1928 - November 18, 2002) was an American movie actor.

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